Chester Hotel China by the Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co.
"Chester Hotel China" was the name given to the heavy white ware line of hotelware made by the Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co. of Chester, West Virginia in the early 1900s. Ordinarily pieces from existing lines such as Cable and Granite Staple shapes are marked with a generic TS&T backstamp. When the same pieces were made in the vitrified hotel body, they were given the special Chester Hotel China marking. The earliest pieces are marked Chester Hotel China with no other information, but later examples will have a date code in the marking. If backstamps are any indication, Chester Hotel China did not last beyond the late 1920s.

The hotel line included various sizes of plates, platters, cups, saucers, mugs (shown to the right is the 7 oz. ale mug), sugars, nappies, bakers as well as toilet ware. The catalog page below shows just some of the pieces used in the hotel body.

Chester Hotel China is one of the few instances where TS&T made a product without the company name or initials in the backstamp. Other examples of markings without mention of TS&T include the underglaze "English Abbey" treatments, "Interstate Sunrise Ware" on the Plymouth shape, and the various lines made for Quaker Oats.

Chester Hotel Ware and Specialties from an undated catalog. Circa early 1920s.
  1. Gem Teacup and Saucer
  2. Chester Teacup and Saucer
  3. Boston Egg cup, footed
  4. Unhandled Tumbler, 7 oz.
  5. Unhandled Tumbler, 8 oz.
  6. Hot Soda Mug, 7 oz.
  7. Ale Mug, 7 oz.
  8. Dutch Jug, 30s, 2 1/2 pts.
  9. Dutch Jug, 24s, 4 pts.
  10. Dutch Jug, 12s, 5 1/2 pts.
  11. Rocaille Jugs, 54s, 3 1/2 oz.
  12. Rocaille Jugs, 48s, 1/2 pt.
  13. Covered Jugs, 1s, 3/4 pts.
  14. Covered Jugs, 2s, 1 3/8 pts.
  15. Covered Jugs, 3s, 2 3/4 pts.
  16. Covered Jugs, 4s, 4 1/2 pts.
  17. Rocaille Jugs, 48s, 3/4 pt.
  18. Rocaille Jugs, 42s, 1 1/4 pts.
  19. Rocaille Jugs, 36s, 2 1/2 pts.
  1. Rocaille Jugs, 30s, 3 1/2 pts.
  2. Rocaille Jugs, 24s, 4 1/2 pts.
  3. Rocaille Jugs, 6s, 6 pts.
    • Montana Square Dish, 6 5/8" x 5"
    • Montana Square Dish, 8 1/4" x 6 1/4"
    • Montana Square Dish, 9 3/4 x 7 1/4"
    • Montana Square Dish, 11 3/4 x 8 5/8"
    • Montana Square Dish, 13 3/4" x 10"
    • Montana Square Dish, 15 1/4" x 10 3/4"
  1. Two Hoopes Ice Tub, 10"
  2. Virginia Spitton
  3. Chester Spitton
  4. Fargo Spitton
  5. Six Compartment Hospital Tray
  6. Hotel Covered Chamber Pot
  7. Hotel Ewer and Basin
  8. Pittsburg Combinet
  9. New York Ewer and Basin

The Chester shape spittoon with marking from 1921.

Decaled Chester Hotel China

Rocaille jug and Hotel ewer

Hotel Mustards

Hotel Sugars

Hospital Tray with blue trim

Rocaille jug

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